January 21, 2008, - 2:12 pm

The Brooklyn Pipe Bomb Guy; UPDATE: Confesses to Swastika Incidents; Islamic Terrorist?

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE #2: He confesses to the swastika hate crimes. So, what is his religion, ethnic back ground? Why isn’t that being reported? Weapon count upped, too: SEVEN pipe bombs in his apartment. ****
**** UPDATE: Now, I’m really suspicious of Ivanov’s background (and what his religion is). The New York Post reports he is a suspect in the New York Synagogue Swastika vandalism. (Thanks to Reader Rochel for the tip.) And not only did he have more weapons than earlier reported, but he claims to have served in BOSNIA. Hello . . .?:

When cops searched his fourth-floor apartment, they found six pipe bombs, sniper rifles, a handgun, shotguns, a crossbow with arrows, silencers, bomb-making equipment and other weapons. . . .
He was questioned by the joint FBI-NYPD terrorism task force. . . .
Local residents said he would spin colorful tales about his past, including that he is of Russian and Bulgarian descent, a former army sniper who served in Bosnia.
He has been on the NYPD’s radar at least since September, when he became a suspect in a slew of hate crimes in the area that included swastikas painted on synagogues and cars.

The story of Ivaylo Ivanov amuses me. He’s the guy who had three pipe bombs and other weaponry (lots of guns and a crossbow) in his Brooklyn apartment. And he wore a full-body vest. We don’t yet know why. His Slavic last name certainly piques my interest. Could he be Chechnyan? Kosovar? Bosnian? You know what I’m wondering (bring it, Nazi-financed Media Matters). And why did he have multiple pipe bombs and weapons in his home? To protect his balcony greenhouse tomato garden in the middle of winter? The illegal bullet-proof vest was a . . . fashion statement?
But then there’s the reason he got caught. Early Sunday, he went to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound–he shot himself in the finger (good aim). Like several Muslim terrorists, this guy isn’t exactly Einstein. More like prime Darwin Award candidate:

Police went to Ivanov’s home to investigate after he checked himself in to Long Island College Hospital to be treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Then there’s the usual quote you hear in every one of these stories . . . where clueless neighbors say what a nice guy he was. It’s just like a former female Nazi guard in California I wrote about. Her neighbors said the same thing about her. And I’m sure Jeffrey Dahmer’s neighbors said he seemed like such a nice, quiet herbivorous vegan:

“He seems like a really nice guy, a really gentle person,” said James Robinson, 45, a resident of the same building as Ivanov, in Monday editions of the New York Times.

Yup, reeeeeally gentle.

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7 Responses

Apparently, as per the NY Sun, the person he was rooming with, and who the home belonged to was an AIDS reseracher at Columbia University (where else). Re your prior post, I would say that at least for professors at Columbia, none of their information should be private, what with making pilgrimages to Iraq, and now having roommates with aresnals, and who knows what else?

c f on January 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm

It looks like Columbia is trying to clean up after itself. The first NY Sun article, still on the website as of now, identifies his roommate as a professor at Columbia. The second, updated article, states that he is listed as a faculty member, but does not have an office or salary, but is listed because of his research, whatever that means. I tried to access the Columbia website, and surprise of surprises, could not open the tab for ‘faculty’, although all other tabs, i.e. students, etc., opened without trouble. Maybe he’s the one who put the noose up.

c f on January 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Miss Schlussel:
In your post, you referred to an “illegal bulletproof vest”.
Since when is it illegal for any private citizen to own or wear body armor?
Maybe that’s one of the immoral laws peculiar to New York City.
With his alleged military background, it was possible that he had a legitimate concern that he might be subjected to attack by someone seeking revenge.
I don’t know anything about this case or this individual.
But a bulletproof vest is not illegal, and in my opinion, neither should it be illegal to own and carry loaded firearms.
That’s our inalienable right, guaranteed by our Constitution of the United States.
Thank you.

writesong on January 22, 2008 at 12:48 am

Russian nazis? On History International they had Sunday night a two hour documentary about the beginnings of the American nazi party in the 20s and brought us right up to present with the aryan nation. It gave the impression that most of them are locked up at present but unless they’re walled away without being able to communicate with outsiders they could keep it going from the inside. islamofacists and nazis teaming up? It’s now 1.31am, eastern and the radio news is reporting Asian and European markets taking a hit. If our economy receeds we could have problems with these groups, you know who they’re going to blame and go after.

John Cunningham on January 22, 2008 at 1:34 am

According to a few media outlets, Ivaylo Ivanov is claiming to be Jewish and that he was trained by Mossad:

Tordenvaer on January 22, 2008 at 9:07 am

Ivanov. according to the NY Sun, is Bulgarian. Bulgaria is one of the few (for the moment) European countries with a Muslim majority. Therefore, the percentages favor that he might be a Muslim. However, a percentage play is not a certainty, and it isn’t like there is no anti-semitism among present Eastern Europeans.

chsw on January 22, 2008 at 9:57 am

When this was first posted on Foxnews, it disappeared quickly, he was listed as an associate prof. at Columbia University Mailman School of Health. When I googled that I got the site for the government agency that will handle any bioterror we may face.
He doesn’t show up on the faculty but his roomate does. I googled his name and came up with a paper co-published by someone who is a microbiologist with the same name, also a Bulgarian fellow’s site, who is a translator.
There is something fishy about this whole thing.
I hope that a large group of people will keep on this.

Aunt Bea on January 24, 2008 at 8:32 am

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